COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team celebrated its seniors one last time at Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Cap hosted the Student Princes of Heidelberg University. Ryan Chamberlain earned his first career victory, in a 20-3 win.
Senior Jeff Simmons (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy) put the Crusaders on the board first as he took a pass from senior Michael Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) and beat the keeper. Simmons would then find senior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) for Cap's second goal of the game.
The Student Princes got on the board with 8:05 left in the first quarter, when Matt Wernerspach scored.
Capital would finish the first period with five unanswered goals. After a penalty put the Crusaders a man-up, junior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West) assisted on freshman C. J. Hughes' (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) goal. Junior Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho / Sandpoint) made a spectacular pass into traffic that set up a goal by junior Teddy Crites (Waukee, Iowa / Waukee). With 1:10 left in the first, Trefethern scored an unassisted goal to put Cap up 5-1. Hughes scored again, this time assisted by sophomore Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa. / Greenburg Central). O'Callaghan scored the final goal of the first quarter.
With Cap up 7-1 in the second, Walton battled through traffic and wash pushed from behind. Despite being pushed Walton somehow managed to get a shot off that beat the goalie.
Senior Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio / Olentangy) caused a turnover, picked up the ground ball, got a clear for Cap, and then buried in the back of the net.
Capital closed out the half and extended its run to 11-0. While a man-down, sophomore Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby) found an open Hughes, for the goal. O'Callaghan added an unassisted goal. Freshman Carter McCormick (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads) sent a pass to Rampi, which set Rampi up for a goal. O'Callaghan scored the final goal of the half and extended the Cap lead to 13-1 headed into halftime.
Heidelberg scored the first two goals of the second half and cut the Capital lead to 13-3.
Senior Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) put the Crusaders up 14-3. Rampi notched another assist when he found Walton for the man-up goal. Walton scored the next goal, this time assisted by freshman Talbott Gottwals (Columbia, Md. / Atholon). Walton earned another point when he got an assist on O'Callaghan's fourth goal off the game.
With 7:30 left in regulation and up 17-3, junior Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) scored an unassisted goal. Freshman Ed Carroll (Fairfield, Ohio / Fairfield) put Cap by 16, with an unassisted goal. Simmons picked up his second assist on the final goal of the game that was scored by Trefethern.
The Student Princes were led by Wernerspach with two goals. Ryan Sinnema and Nick Selfridge paced Heidelberg with seven ground balls. The Student Princes converted on 2-of-7 man-up opportunities and went 11-for-19 on clear attempts.
Capital dominated the game, as well as the stat categories. Cap won the face off battle, 15-10. The Crusaders collected more ground balls, 36-24, and outshot Heidelberg, 54-17. Cap was successful on 3-of-4 man-up chances. Capital made 19 clears out of a possible 22. The Cap defense forced 25 turnovers compared to the Student Princes' 12.
Senior Ryan Chamberlain (Lebanon, Ohio / Lebanon) achieved his first career win as he got the start in net for Cap. Chamberlain made nine saves and surrendered just three goals.
Walton and O'Callaghan finished with four goals each. Simmons had a game-high two assists. Stover was a force on defense as he forced seven turnovers for a game high and had a team-high five ground balls. Hughes finished with three goals.
Capital improved to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Wilmington College for a conference matchup with the Fightin' Quakers. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be head coach Dom Marzano's first trip back to Wilmington.